French

Jenny Davies - Head of Department

Martin Ives

Some of this content was created before Covid-19 rules were in force.

OUR VISION

We support all pupils to learn a foreign language by developing their oral, reading and writing skills so as to prepare them for their global future (French is spoken in around 60 countries of the world). Pupils will be introduced to other cultures and ways of thinking. The more languages pupils speak the more work opportunities will be available to them in the future.

ROOMS AND RESOURCES

The French Department is located in the middle block. The classrooms have interactive whiteboards, displays of language points and iPads to support pupils’ learning.

KS3

Pupils learn the basics and then develop their oracy, reading and writing skills through tasks which meet the demands of the National Curriculum. French films are studied such as Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis and Les Choristes in order for pupils to develop listening skills.

KS4

Pupils have the opportunity to opt for GCSE French in Year 9. Skills learnt in KS3 are developed and pupils have the chance to use their French in a variety of settings.

Specification: https://www.wjec.co.uk/media/k33fpjev/wjec-gcse-french-spec-from-2016-e.pdf

HOME LEARNING

Pupils have the opportunity to develop their French by using language apps and YouTube clips to develop pronunciation skills. Pupils research aspects of France and French culture.

In KS4, a wide range of tasks are used-preparation for assessments, timed assessments, reading authentic texts and practising examination questions.

EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

The Department is involved in Erasmus activities, Business Language Champion workshops and visits to Aberystwyth University MFL Department.